Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Arrival at Berlin

I managed to find a gig the Friday 2nd of March at Sanatorium23, Berlin in Germany.
I have never been there, so let´s check the reviews from

The nice thing here is: everything is very relaxed. Because there’s no service walking around, you can sit in peace and enjoy the chilled music. When DJs play, one Euro from your first drink goes to the DJ. The food menu is a downloadable periodic table but also hung up at the bar. The crowd is mixed, somewhat gay, also a little bit sceney from first impressions, but both unobtrusive. Those who like the red-white not only on their chips but also on interior decoration will come here often. You can also lie down…

Nice bar with delicious juices, good beer and friendly people. You can have some privacy by closing the curtains around your hospital beds ;) At weekends they sometimes have excellent DJs playing.

It seems that Sanatorium23 used to be a psychiatric hospital before becoming a bar/club as described here:

Berlin is supposed to be the the Mecca of techno and EDM music.
That´s a great challenge as the public is very picky compared to some other European countries (Ireland I talk about you).

Just a last thing for today, when I took the S-Bahn (city train), I could not stop thinking about this scene from Berlin Calling :


Monday, 27 February 2012

Let’s get it started

You know how in the movies, when the main character is a completely unknown musician, artist or deejay, struggling to make it big, he or she always becomes successful and famous in the end, or at least plays a breakthrough gig, or signs an important contract or something? Well, in real life it almost never happens. In real life you may start nowhere, work hard and in the end be back to where you started. And yet, as most people with passion would tell you (be it a passion for music, art or films), you just can’t stop trying, believing and hoping that one day you’ll get there.

My name is Said a.k.a. FunkyPeanut (that’s my deejay name), I’m 30 years old and I’ve been deejaying for the last four years. I’ve played in Oslo, Munich, Prague, Dublin, Aix-en-Provence and New York. But until now I’ve been following my passion more as a side project, while working a day job which I’m good at but which brought me none of the satisfaction that music brought me. So I decided to stop wasting my life on things I don’t enjoy and dedicate myself to music. I gave up my well-paying  job and from now will dedicate my life to writing and recording music, playing gigs all around Europe (and beyond), and working as waiter or shop assistant to make a living. This blog is meant to serve as a journal of my travels and adventures. Here I will  post everything, from photographs and stories to my new tracks and videos of my gigs. The list of places and dates of my next sets will be also posted here.

I know this road is not going to be easy, but sometimes challenges are needed to keep us pushing head. I invite you to take this journey with me and let’s see where it takes us!